Missile Strike Kills Four, Closes Damascus Intl. Airport

The Israeli army carried out a missile strike that landed on Damascus Intl. Airport on Monday, January 2 that killed four people, two were Syrian soldiers, a human rights monitor reported. Syria’s state news agency SANA reported that the missiles put the airport out of service.

The airport is located south of the city of Damascus where Iran-backed groups, including Hezbollah, are said to operate. The last time the airport was out of service was in June 2022, also after an Israeli missile strike.

The missile hit came after Major General Oded Basiuk, head of the Israel Defense Forces Operations Directorate, presented the army’s operational outlook for 2023.  “We see that our course of action in Syria is an example of how continuous and persistent military action leads to shaping and influencing the entire region, We will not accept Hezbollah 2.0 in Syria,” said a tweet from the IDF after his presentation.